Monday, August 31, 2015

UPDATE 8/31/15

(This one I started MANY years ago and just recently pulled out and finished: the great H. Rider Haggard character Ayesha.)

It’s been a busy summer so I haven’t had much time for any activity on my blog, but here are finally some of the recent things I’ve been working on. The Mad Mummy #8 is in the last stages of coloring; lettering will begin next week and the issue will be off to iVerse in mid September. This ends the arc of issues that I’ve devoted to the backstory of Aten Ra and his relationship with Ming Yue, the reincarnation of his estranged wife Ahkesenamun. It’s been a fun ride where I got to do a pastiche of some of my favorite characters from fiction, including the ne’er-do-well Harry Flashman and the all time great misunderstood villain Dr. Fu Manchu....as well as explain a bit about how Aten Ra has evolved into Adam Ray. 






Issue #9 will end up being a reprint of the Mummy’s Boy story that was done in Voodoo Mansion and was the inspiration for this entire series. Then the following issue gets back to Adam dealing with a problem involving his landlady Agnes Harperly in his contemporary life. This one is a real mixture of Eisner and Lovecraft. My friend Stephen Kloepfer is co-writing this with me, and I’m ecstatic to have him aboard. I’ll keep you posted on where the series is headed in the future.





The past month I’ve been recovering from a procedure on my prostate so I’ve been doing a lot of watercolors since you can pick them up or drop them depending on the mood. I’d like to say they were loads of fun, but I watercolor has got to be one of the most uncontrollable and unforgiving mediums you can work with. However, when those “happy accidents” occur, it’s always worth the earlier frustrations.

(Often on the cat paintings I reuse the same background just to work on or perfect a technique.)



For those of you in the LA area, I will be at the Long Beach Comicon the weekend of September 11-13. Come on by and say hello and spend a few minutes. You will find me in Artist’s Alley doodling away.
(Two of my favorite models, my beautiful wife Annie and the lovely Sarah S. Below is a very silly cover I did for my upcoming 50th reunion which takes place soon back in Pontaic, Michigan. Have fun, gang!)


Best,


Mike

Make sure you check out the earlier books Mad Mummy, Retrowood and Lori Lovecraft books on either on iVerse (http://digital.comicsplusapp.com/search_results.php)  or Comixology (https://www.comixology.com/search?search=mad+mummy).

Sunday, June 21, 2015

THE ART OF WILL DAVIES




Leif Peng, who has for years posted the quintessential  blog on illustration has a new book project out on Kickstarter. As he writes below:

Just want to mention I will be launching a Kickstarter on June 1st (my birthday!) for a book on the Art of Will Davies - my former studio mate and one of the grand old men of the Canadian illustration scene. Will was to the Canadian women's magazine market what Coby Whitmore was to McCall's and Ladies Home Journal - and what Bernie Fuchs was to Detroit (you had to wear many hats to make it in our small pond, and Will wore the crown at Toronto's largest art studio, TDF, during it's heyday.

I'm attaching a couple of his pieces for your enjoyment. The nude almost got him a steady gig at Playboy, by the way.

Here is a link to the Kickstarter project. These books are always hard to find treasures you kick yourself for missing as time passes. Make sure you check this out today.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1502319432/the-art-of-will-davies


At the start of the year I really had the best of intentions of trying to post something every week on this blog…but we all know what Robert Burns said about that (The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men. Gang aft agley,. An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,.).  So this is my first post in a while, but I’m hoping I do get back on a regular track. Trying to turn out a comic book on a regular schedule tends to eat into all your time.


And it doesn’t help when you do a cover and take it to a finish…and then decide it just doesn’t work as well as you’d like- so you redo it. Here are the two versions of Mad Mummy #7. the first is a nice drawing, but the second really captures the drama of the moment…and that’s what I’m going with. The rest of the issue is now colored and should be on it’s digital way to iVerse in another three weeks.

Just to whet your appetite, here are a few of the pencilled pages from issue #8, the last segment in this story arc.




These a three commissions I did for a GI Joe fan. They are always a lot of fun and a great diversion from the regular work. As is the watercolor of the kitty that I finally finished.




Best,

Mike

Monday, May 11, 2015

TURKISH DELIGHTS



One of the highlights of late spring in LA is the fabulous Turkish Delights drawing workshop. It's a late  night creative venue (9 pm - 2 am) featuring multiple male and female models on several stages for life drawing with intermittent performances by numerous belly dancers and musicians. All of this in a carefully crafted environment of flowers and drapery with Middle Eastern food, drinks and even hookahs. great fun for all of us artists and the many onlookers who wander in. These gathering are done semi-annually and are always a great treat for our drawing crowd.

(Sometimes you just have to draw what's in front of you...)



(This was a painting inspired by a previous Turkish Delights event.)

This event is produced by jennifer Fabos, who has been one of the best models we've been blessed with in the LA area for a number of years. This woman not only schedules any number of drawing events on a weekly basis, but has been instrumental in organizing the models and providing a stronger and more professional working environment for both them and their artist counterparts. Beauty, brains, talent and a wonderful person to know and work with!
(More on Jen at http://gallerygirls.org/.)


(Some drawings of Jennifer from a 2001 sketchbook.)

Here are couple of the inked pages from Mad Mummy #7. Still a bit of pencil shading to add in a couple of spots and then only to coloring process. Check out the issues available now on iVerse/ComicsPlus  (http://digital.comicsplusapp.com/search_results.php)



(These are a couple of commissions for my agent.)


See you in a week or so. Best,

Mike

Friday, May 1, 2015

UPDATE 5/1/15

Another recreation of the She-Hulk covers.
IT’S A BACKWARDS DAY!  That’s a math joke that will drive my wife crazy.

Since there is a new Avengers movie opening today I thought I’d do my part for promotion and post a storyboard sequence for one of the Hulk cartoons I did a couple of years back. This one features his cousin, Jen Walters- the She-Hulk, and I had a great time working this one out. Understandably, I was inspired by Marlene Deitrich’s reveal in the classic Blond Venus. (This one is worth watching on YouTube: 








































And here are a couple of commissions that went out in the last week. One is Hawk from GI Joe, and the other is the illustration I did of Deborah Kerr in the classic creepy film, The Innocents. Another one worth tracking down if you haven’t seen it.



Next time some of the finishes from Mad Mummy #7 which I am now in the process of inking. Make sure you check out the earlier books either on iVerse (http://digital.comicsplusapp.com/search_results.php)  or Comixology (https://www.comixology.com/search?search=mad+mummy).

Best,


Mike